News and Updates

How to donate for We Give 2014!

Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:24

We Give 2014! Is a great crowd funding opportunity for Solar Richmond and our East Bay community, and it's coming up FAST! This online event provides an opportunity for people like you to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in 24 hours.We at Solar Richmond always appreciate your support and this fun opportunity would help us and our community work together in this exciting and booming time for the solar industry! 


To check out the website and other nonprofits go to:

To go directly to the Solar Richmond page go here:

Time is Tickin! Help out your community!! Help Solar Richmond create more opportunities for our neighbors!


Solar Richmond is participating in We Give 2014!

Monday, 14 April 2014 12:19

We Give 2014! Logo

We Give 2014! Is a bold opportunity for our community.


Through this partnership between Give Local America, The Richmond Community Foundation, and local nonprofits, like Solar Richmond, hundreds (if not thousands) of donors from every neighborhood in our community will come together on a single day to raise significant funds for local needs. To donate or find out more information on participating nonprofits visit

Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on our journey!



First Worker Owners Officially Inducted Into Pamoja Energy Solutions

Thursday, 12 December 2013 13:29

This Tuesday Lela Turner and Jesse Thomas were formally inducted as the first official Worker Owners of Pamoja Energy Solutions, the solar company cooperative started by Solar Richmond. Congratulations to the team for all their hard work!

First Annual Membership Meeting

(Above from left to right): Alex Thibadeau, Pamoja Board Secretary, Jesse Thomas, Worker Owner, Clarence Van Hook, Responsible Managing Officer, Kandea Mosley, Board President & Solar Richmond Executive Director, Akeele Carter, Board CFO & SR Program Manager, Lela Turner, Worker Owner, Jerome Leonard, SR graduate, Sushil Jacob, Lawyer with East Bay Community Law Center)


Time to Celebrate!

Friday, 01 November 2013 13:50

We work hard at Solar Richmond, which makes it all the more important to make time to celebrate life and one another. Wishing a very happy birthday to Solar Richmond staff member and Pamoja candidate worker-owner, Lela Turner!


Hot Off the Press: Autumn 2013 Newsletter

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Check out our autumn 2013 newsletter here!

Articles Featured:

Students Learn About Personal and Community Empowerment
Donor Spotlight: Kathe Kiehn
Trainees Passionate about Energy of the Future
SR featured on KALW radio in San Francisco


SR featured on KALW radio in San Francisco

Friday, 27 September 2013 10:50

Solar Richmond's Brighter Future's Program Manager, Akeele Carter and Pamoja Energy Solutions Worker Owner Candidate, Lela Turner, were featured in San Francisco's KALW 91.7 FM's segment on "Green Pathways to Youth Employment." The 10 minute segment includes clips from California Youth Energy Services, Rising Sun Energy, Van Jones, and Barack Obama. (Solar Richmond portion at 5 mins and 17 secs) Tune in here.


Accepting Applications for Fall Solar PV Training

Saturday, 17 August 2013 14:06

Solar Richmond will be holding a training course on Solar PV Installation this October. Members of the class will learn advanced skills in solar panel installation that Bay Area solar companies expect, while working with Solar Richmond's staffing agency to secure job opportunities in the solar industry. Top graduates of the program will have the opportunity to join Pamoja Energy Solutions, Solar Richmond's cooperative solar company.

Openings for the class are limited. Please apply by October 1st. Click here for your application. Completed applications can be sent to michael@solarrichmond, or brought to our office at 2730 Maine Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801. Questions? Call (510) 253-2212, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Pamoja's First Solar Installation Complete

Friday, 02 August 2013 14:22

Pamoja Energy Solutions, the cooperative solar company started by Solar Richmond, completed its first solar installation earlier this month and its second earlier this week. Congratulations team Pamoja!

Pamoja Install
(Above: Pamoja worker-owner candidate, Troy Garner)


Now Recruiting for Brighter Futures Fall Internship

Friday, 26 July 2013 15:36

Brighter Futures Internship Program

Brighter Futures is a free, innovative training, education and internship program designed to help you get the skills to further your education and begin a job and career path. Brighter Futures is a collaboration between Solar Richmond and Berkeley City College. Click here for more details.

UPCOMING Information Sessions:

Dates:Tuesday, July 23rd, Friday, July 26th & Tuesday, July 30th

Time:1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Location: Solar Richmond, 2730 Maine Ave, 94804 (downstairs)


Leadership Transition at SR

Friday, 26 July 2013 13:23

Michele McGeoyAfter seven years of dedicated community service, Solar Richmond Founder, Michele McGeoy, has announced her departure from Solar Richmond.  Michele has decided to focus her efforts on a new venture and looks forward to supporting the transition during this leadership change.

“We thank Michele wholeheartedly for the impact she has made in the community.  She built Solar Richmond from the ground up, and it is the board’s focus to continue the mission of serving the community not only as a solar advocate, but also as a conduit to training, education, and career opportunities” Board Chair, Adam Larner said.

The Solar Richmond Board of Directors has appointed former Board Chair and life-long Richmond resident, Cheryl Vaughn and current Deputy Director, Kandea Mosley to serve as Co–Directors during this transition period. Vaughn has served on the Solar Richmond board for three years and brings more than 20 years of operational expertise to the organization. She is a graduate of Holy Names University and received nonprofit management training from Cal State East Bay. Mosley has been a key member of Solar Richmond’s management team for four years. She has been instrumental to the organization’s development and has managed programs including solar training, staffing agency placement, solar advocacy, and marketing. She received her MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management with a concentration in Sustainable Business Development.

The Board is developing a transition plan and forming a search committee to select a replacement. Michele McGeoy will work with the Board and staff over the coming two months to ensure a smooth leadership transition and continuity of key projects.

“I am honored to have served the Richmond community and to have been a part of the green jobs movement.” Says McGeoy “I strongly believe in Solar Richmond’s mission and look forward to its next phase of growth and development; now is a good time to focus my attention on a new endeavor and allow the organization to continue to grow.”

The Solar Richmond Board appreciates Michele for her vision, hard work and dedication to help create transformative change in Richmond by breaking down barriers of race and class in the green economy.


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